To stay productive and on task, you need a solid work-from-home setup. Here are some home office essentials—whether you’re putting together a permanent office or simply trying to survive the quarantine.
My work-from-home setup on the Elite Creations laptop caddy (ignoring my own advice to avoid propping up in bed!). Photo: Rebecca Edwards
Bluetooth keyboard and mouse
Don’t worry about wrangling all those wires across the dining room table. A wireless mouse and keyboard are work-from-home accessories that make working from home less tangled and totally portable.
Artek HB0308 Universal Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
This affordable wireless keyboard comes in around $20 and boasts a six-month battery life. It’s compatible with iOS, Android, Mac OS, and Windows—plus it comes with seven fun backlight colors.
TeckNet 2600DPI Bluetooth Wireless Mouse
Click with freedom thanks to this Bluetooth wireless mouse that comes with a year-long battery life. You can pick it up for about $15, but you need to purchase the two required AAA batteries separately.
It might sound comfy to plop on the couch with your laptop, but it’s not the most efficient way to get things done. Thankfully, there are a lot of good desk options that don’t require you to assemble furniture or clear out the spare room.
Sofia + Sam Oversized Memory Foam Lap Desk
This little desk has plenty of room for a 20″ laptop and a mouse. It comes with a detachable USB light and built-in memory foam wrist support to keep carpal tunnel at bay. You can pick it up on Amazon for under $45, and it has free Prime shipping.
Rocketbook Smart Notebook and Pen
Say goodbye to paper waste with this smart pen and notebook—and (if you're like us) take a break from kitty and puppy helpers inserting their two cents on your keyboard.
- Reuse notebook again and again
- Upload notes to Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, email, and more
- Use smart search to scan notes
- Starts around $30
Seville Classics Adjustable Mobile Laptop Desk Cart
You don’t have to give up your standing desk when you pick up this adjustable laptop cart. Adjust the desk from 20.5″ to 33″ with a simple twist-lock knob.
It also has wheels to move easily from room to room—a great perk if you’re sharing space at home with others who are working remotely or kids that are home from school. Get it for less than $35 on Amazon.
Widousy Luxury Bamboo Bathtub Caddy
If you’re like me (or Stephen Colbert), working from home sometimes involves a bubble bath. This expandable bathtub laptop caddy works great while in the tub, on the sofa, or lounging in bed.
With so many folks working from home, it’s smart to have a desk option that works virtually anywhere in your house. Best of all, you can get this pampering laptop desk for less than $50.
Whether you pick up a standing desk or work at the kitchen bar, this floor mat ensures that your back has the support it needs.
- Slip-resistant bottom
- 17 colors and designs
- Non-toxic and phthalate free
- Starts around $40
Hubs and surge protectors
Our homes aren’t always equipped to handle the demands of multiple devices that need power, charging, USB ports, and more. Ditch the aggravation (and low battery warnings) with these handy helpers.
HooToo USB-C Hub 6-in-1 Network Adapter
Get instant connection for multiple devices with this 6-in-1 USB-C hub. Expand your Mac’s potential with fast charging, HDMI output, and an SD card slot.
Cable Matters Surge Protector 2-Pack
You’ll stop fighting over outlets when you snag these affordable surge protector power strips. There’s room to plug in six devices on each strip, plus two USB charging ports. Get the two-pack for around $30.
The last thing you need is more wires to wrestle. This wireless charging pad lets you keep your phone full of power without the tether of a cord.
- Works with Galaxy, iPhone, Note, and Pixel phones
- Charges through phone case
- Charges 10% faster than other brands
Once you’re used to working on multiple monitors it’s nearly impossible to go back to a laptop screen. With these extra monitors, you don’t have to settle for less.
ViewSonic 22-Inch HD 1080p LED Monitor
Add this monitor to your home office setup for under $300. It doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles, but it gets the job done for a reasonable price. It supports laptops, Macs, PCs, and POS systems with both VGA and HDMI inputs.
Sceptre 27-Inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor
If you want to upgrade your monitor, this monitor from Sceptre comes with built-in speakers, and a “Blue Light Shift” that’s easier on your eyes. Whether you have to dazzle in a presentation or take a gaming break, this $200 monitor delivers the crisp, high-resolution picture you need.
Plopping down on the couch, sitting all day on a dining room chair, or propping yourself up in bed aren’t ideal working conditions. You’ll improve your productivity (and avoid aches and pains) with one of these office chair solutions.
Furmax Swivel Office Chair
This adjustable office chair comes with ergonomic lumbar support and it won’t break the bank. Give your back the support it needs for around $75.
AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Swivel Office Desk Chair
If you’re looking for style, this attractive desk chair adds polish to your home office for under $160. Its sleek design is small and contemporary. The seat and backrest are padded for comfort, plus it has lumbar support and arm rests.
If you don’t want to purchase a new piece of furniture, upgrade your existing desk or dining chair with a supportive cushion from Purple.
- Cradles your body
- Minimizes pressure points
- Supports 5 to 8 hours of sitting
- Ranges from $44 to $119